OSMF Board election 2018 - Answers provided after deadline

Posted by Mapanauta on 7 December 2018 in English (English)

Hi to all,

As some of you might know I am candidate for the OSMF Board election 2018. There is diverse group of candidates and I am sure every single one will be doing a great job if they are elected. Please find the information and manifiestos here. I was not able to complete all my answers by the deadline so please find the pending answers below:

The values and goals of the OpenStreetMap project

I agree with the core value and goals covered in the mission of the OSMF website but I consider specifically regarding the goals we need to find a way to measure the achievements and set up statistics to be able to know if we are going in the right way or where are we failing to achieve the objectives.

Your opinion on Term limits for board members?

I agree with having limited term limits, I don’t thing it is healthy for any organization having the same people in a Board for a long period. More people should  have the opportunity to be part of the board and provide diverse and fresh ideas. When a person knows they have a limited period to cause impact I believe they can be more efficient.

Your opinion on Organized editing

I believe this is a good start and this is a good way to enforce the quality of the data in OSM. In my own experience I helped to coordinate mapathons in Universities where the largest audience we had was eighty eight mappers, of course this was with the help of the professors in the Universities, so we have to make sure the guidelines do not discourage community events and the excitement of organizing  events (which is already a lot of work). For the companies it will be good because that way a standard about what is expected from them will be open an available. Regarding small organization or enthusiatic groups I will say mentioning examples in a wiki will help understand the scope of the guidelines.

Due diligence reverting edits

Reverting should be always discuss but I believe there could be either unintencional errors or vandalism and we can see that immediately from the changeset. If it is vandalism (such as a hate message) it should be revert immediately and if is an error we should communicate with the mapper to make her/him aware of the mistake and if the person do not take action then proceed with reverting.

Criticism on social media

We need to be open for criticism and even sometimes can be harsh we should take something positive out of it because that will make us stronger as individuals and as a community. I also believe even we agree and disagree in many points the community should be able to communicate in a respectful and polite way.



Comment from Mapanauta on 7 December 2018 at 23:59

Thanks a lot imagino! :)

Comment from Warin61 on 8 December 2018 at 09:47


Any entry that results in a misleading map I would revert immediately. Not a matter of curtsy to the person that made the entry, but a matter of maintaining a map that is honest.

Leaving a comment on the relevant changeset can be done, but when it it a repeat offense .. what is the point?

Comment from grimmbenjamind on 9 December 2018 at 00:27

Thanks a lot

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